Suzuki passes Rose's total, but Marlins lose to Padres 6-3
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 16, 2016 03:13 PM
Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki takes a practice swing before batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in San Diego. Suzuki hit a double in the at-bat, for his 4,257th career hit. With the hit, Suzuki's combined career hits in Japan and the major leagues surpassed Pete Rose's major league record of 4,256 career hits. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With two hits Wednesday, Ichiro Suzuki raised his career total in the Japanese and North American major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose's record Major League Baseball total.
"This wasn't like a goal of mine to get to this point," Suzuki said through a translator after the Miami Marlins' 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Suzuki had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan's Pacific League (1992-00) and has 2,979 with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins. Rose was quoted recently by USA Today as saying: "I'm not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he's had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they'll be counting his high-school hits."
Suzuki said he'd heard Rose's comments.
"To be honest, this wasn't something that I was a making out as a goal," he said. "It was just kind of a weird situation to be in because of the combined total."
Melvin Upton Jr. homered and had two RBIs, and Derek Norris had a go-ahead, two-run single for the Padres, who stopped a four-game losing streak.
Suzuki's first hit Wednesday was on a dribbler in the first. His second was a double into the right-field corner in the ninth, when he took off his helmet and waved it to applauding fans. The crowd, announced at 20,037, and both teams' players gave Suzuki a warm ovation.
"Ichiro is a really special player and I love to see him get this and keep his march going toward 3,000 hits," in MLB, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It says a lot about him as a player, how he prepares every day and his love for playing."
In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle and Chase d'Arnaud had a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning to cap a three-run rally as the Braves edged the Reds 9-8.
Cincinnati took an 8-6 lead in the 13th on Jose Peraza's bases-loaded walk with two outs and Joey Votto's run-scoring single off Alexi Ogando (2-1), the Braves' ninth pitcher.
Alfredo Simon (2-7) gave up five hits and a walk in the 13th. Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis opened the inning with singles, Jace Peterson hit a run-scoring double and Tyler Flowers added a tying single. An intentional walk to Erick Aybar loaded the bases before d'Arnaud's fly ball fell in center field.
Freeman became the first Brave to hit for the cycle since Mark Kotsay against the Cubs on Aug. 14, 2008. He is also the first to do it in the majors this season.
In other NL games, Jayson Werth singled in the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning for the Washington Capitals in 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, giving them two of three in the showdown between division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 and the Mets thumped Pittsburgh 11-2.
In the American League, Salvador Perez homered for the second straight night and Ian Kennedy kept Cleveland quiet as Kansas City finished of a three-game sweep with a 9-4 win over the Indians.
The White Sox had a 5-3 win over Detriot, with Chris Sale allowing three runs in seven innings to become the first 11-game winner in the majors, Boston beat Baltimore 6-4, Texas rallied from five down to beat Oakland 7-5, and the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Seattle Mariners 3-2 in 13 innings.
The Rockies beat the Yankees 6-3 in an inter-league game, with Nolan Arenado tying for the major league lead with his 20th homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays had a 7-2 win over Philadelphia.